Editor pick of the Week: The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium

A few days ago I visited The Freakybuttrue Peculiarium. Let me tell you, I certainly filled my Portland-weird quota for the week. This small building is full of mysteriously odd yet extremely artistic pieces. Almost all of the paintings, decorations, and exhibits are made by the owner.

The beginning of the Peculiarium leads you through a gallery of not-so-classical paintings. Each picture is a talented illustration of either a robot, zombie, murder scene, or mythical creature. From there you can enter the zombie-brain room or check out the bathroom holding harvested organs.

If you are really brave you can slide into the bury-you-alive simulator made from a coffin. I certainly was not courageous enough. There was, however, a spot to write your name if you dared to last the few minutes.

From aliens and Sasquatch to optical illusions and spontaneous combustion, this eclectic museum has you looking every direction. Although the Peculiarium is small, there are so many components in every nook and cranny that it will take about 30 minutes to walk it.

Plus, the gift shop might has well be an extension of the bizarre exhibits, allowing you to take home a couple freaky trinkets. If you claim to be a supporter of ‘Keep Portland Weird’ then you need to take some time this weekend for the freaky.